Jan 7, 2013 7:00pm PST
u.s. president has nominated two key allies to top jobs in his new administration. chuck hagel will become the first former soldier to hold the post of secretary of defense. john brennan would become the new head of cia. both appointments have to be approved by the u.s. senate. nominations have already caused controversy. >> president obama is putting the finishing touches to his national security team. introducing the man he wants to lead the pentagon and cia. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protecting our country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> both nominees face difficult questions before they are confirmed in the u.s. senate. chuck hagel seems perfect for the pentagon. a former republican senator from nebraska. some conservatives say he is not strong enough supporter of israel, even though he voted many times to send billions of dollars there. >> i will do my best for our country, for those i represent at the pentagon, and for all of our citizens. >> john brennan is a long time administration officials who spent 25 years in the cia.
Jan 7, 2013 5:30am PST
expected to put forward former republican senator chuck hagel as his next defense secretary. his nomination is concerning politicians on both sides. here is why -- during the iraq war, he said there was no strategy and called it a game of ping-pong. on a run, he has said the us -- on iran, he has said the u.s. should not be able to dictate which countries have nuclear weapons. we have been following this story. >> president obama arrived back , ready to get back to business. he is looking for a bipartisan pick. republicans would have none of susan rice because of the way she handled the benghazi situation. president obama is saying, i'm putting up chuck hagel, and i'm not withdrawing his name. republicans, if you wish to vote against him in the confirmation hearings, then that is up to you. mitch mcconnell, the minority leader in the senate, says that when chuck hagel comes up for confirmation, assuming he is nominated, then he will be given tough, but fair questioning. >> u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton is set to work in the coming hours after being treated for a blood c
Jan 8, 2013 5:30am PST
>> and chuck hagel and john brenan, the men in the u.s. president wants to run the military and the cia. this is al jazeera, live from our headquarters in doha. and china decides to reform its controversial labor camps. we speak to one man who had a very lucky escape. exclusive pictures from northern me and mark, wher -- northern myanmar. and nasa has found 461 new plants that could support life as we know it. u.s. president barack obama has made controversial choices for two of the top jobs in his government. is nominated chuck hagel for defense secretary and john brenan as dia director. both of them must now be approved by the u.s. senate. now this report. >> with his second term soon to begin, president obama is putting the finishing touches to his national security team. introducing the men that he wants to lead the pentagon and the cia. >> these two leaders have dedicated their lives to protect our country. i urge the senate to confirm them as soon as possible. >> both nominees face difficult questions before they are confirmed in the u.s. senate. table seems perfect for the pe
Jan 6, 2013 11:00pm PST
if you wish to vote against him, that is up to you. mitch mcconnell says when chuck hagel comes up for confirmation, he will be given tough but fair questioning. >> southern australian states are preparing for more bushfires as the heat wave continues. the prime minister has urged people in new south wales to be vigilant. most of the 100 people missing have now been accounted for, and no deaths or serious injuries have been found so far. >> the fires have not left tasmania, but they have moved onto a relatively populated area to forests and at the moment there are no people at risk. fire fighters go house to house to check that no one has come to any harm. so far they have not found evidence of that, so that is the good news. the concern is that fires are traveling into new south wales. sydney is expected to reach 34 degrees on tuesday. as fires break out, we could see it serious damage to property and potentially people. julia gillard was in tasmania. here is a little of what she has to say. >> i have come to tasmania for one purpose, and that is to say the nation is standing with